No-Confident Motion against Ranil Defeated by a Majority 46 Votes
The No-Confidence Motion filed against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by the Joint Opposition has been defeated with a majority of 46 votes.
122 votes were cast against the Motion and in favour of the Prime Minister.
26 Parliamentarians were absent when the vote was taken up.
All members of the United National Front except Venerable Athuraliye Rathana thera voted to defeat the No Confidence Motion.
Parliamentarians of the Tamil National Alliance and leader of EPDP Douglas Devananda were also among those who voted against the Motion.
A highlight of the vote was when UNP MP Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, the sacked Minister who extensively criticised the government in the recent past, also voted against the No Confidence Motion and in favour of the Premier.
Only 76 votes were cast in favour of the Motion.
Accordingly, Former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa and members of the Joint Opposition, the JVP and several members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party were among those who voted in favour of the Motion.
Meanwhile several Ministers, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers including Dayasiri Jayasekara, Susil Premajayanth, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, TB Ekanayake, Dilan Perera, Sudharshini Fernandopulle, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene, WDJ Senevirathne, SB Dissanayake, Anuradha Jayarathna, Sumedha G Jayasena, Susantha Punchi Nilame and Lakshman Wasantha Perera are also among those who voted in favour of the Motion.
Furthermore, the 26 Parliamentarians who were absent during vote included General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister Duminda Dissanayake and General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. Ministers, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers Sarath Amunugama, Nimal Siripala De Silva, Faiszer Musthapha, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Lakshman Seneviratne.
Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa, AHM Fowzie, Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Manusha Nanayakkara were also among those who were absent.
Meanwhile Deputy Minister Nishantha Muthuhettigama and Parliamentarian Cadar Masthan who signed the No-Confidence Motion against the Prime Minister were also absent when the vote was taken up last night.
MP Arumugam Thondaman of the Ceylon Workers’ Congress was also not present in the chambers.